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Question about whether slime mold will react with plaster or resin?

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Mar 4. 3 Replies

So I've read that pouring water / spraying water at slime mold will release spores in a gas like kind of fashion which is definitely not what's wanted if you'd like to work with it and not have it…Continue

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RyChu liked Melody Wu's discussion Question about whether slime mold will react with plaster or resin?
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ian replied to Melody Wu's discussion Question about whether slime mold will react with plaster or resin?
"I pour molten metal into it! You need a hard plaster - herculite or another high alpha plaster and I add 10% fine powdered pumice for metal moulds. I just gravity cast tin alloys and the details great. "
Mar 4
Melody Wu replied to Melody Wu's discussion Question about whether slime mold will react with plaster or resin?
"Thank you very much! Do you think casting plaster over it will allow me to create a cast / mold of the mold itself or is the mold too delicate? "
Mar 4
ian replied to Melody Wu's discussion Question about whether slime mold will react with plaster or resin?
"Hi  Slimes will only release spores when they've made fruiting bodies - tiny little black mushrooms.  I've poured plaster over them a lot. They're fine about it, to make a casting mould I poured a litre of herculite on one,…"
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Question about whether slime mold will react with plaster or resin?

So I've read that pouring water / spraying water at slime mold will release spores in a gas like kind of fashion which is definitely not what's wanted if you'd like to work with it and not have it spread, etc. How does slime mold (the standard Physarum polycephalum) react if I poured plaster over it for example in order to get the pattern it forms in a mold? How about art resin? There's no good way to preserve the slime mold in its full grown form right as it'll eventually dry out? I saw a…See More
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Melody
What is your interest in slime moulds? (we need to know you're not a bot or spamster)
Growth patterns of slime mold, fluid like natures of slime mold, and how to create 3D growth patterns of slime mold in a sculpture of sorts. Interested in slime mold in particular for a design project I'm doing.
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MIT

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